How Can You Help?
We anticipate the project will cost about $350,000. We welcome financial contributions, the donation of materials and offerings of professional skills.
Checks can be sent to
P.O. Box 104784
Jefferson City, MO 65110
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Transformational Housing is a Christian ecumenical non-profit organization seeking to provide quality, affordable rental housing in Jefferson City. We seek to cultivate relationships of encouragement and accountability to lead to life change within the context of rental housing. We work in partnership with Common Ground Community Building and River City Habitat for Humanity.
Our History: Following the May 22, 2019 tornado, a group of pastors and concerned Christians came together to discuss the need for affordable rental housing in Jefferson City. The need predated the tornado, but that storm exacerbated the problem. As we pondered how to begin, we were connected with the owner of an apartment building at 203 Cherry St. The 110 year old structure stood one block east of the path of the tornado and escaped damage from the storm. However, one week after the tornado, it suffered significant interior damage by a fire making it uninhabitable. The owner offered to donate the building to a non-profit. This gift helped launch the creation of Transformational Housing, a non-profit ministry.
Our Purpose: The opportunity to renovate 203 Cherry Street presented us with an avenue to make a small contribution in the rental housing need. We talked with River City Habitat for Humanity and Common Ground Community Building to better understand their approach to the housing crisis in Jefferson City. We determined that there is a gap that can be filled by a group which would own, manage and assist those ministries in their efforts. We determined to form a non-profit organization with that purpose in mind. Our aim is not just to provide quality rental housing, but to foster relationships of encouragement and accountability which lead to life change.
Our Strategy: We plan to mobilize volunteer and financial resources from local churches to build and maintain rental units that will be available for those needing housing assistance. In addition, we aim to supply coaches and mentors to assist those living in these units to develop the life skills necessary to sustain a self-supporting lifestyle. While we are a Christian organization, we will serve people from all backgrounds. While Transformation Housing is an ecumenical effort representing many different churches, we will welcome assistance from any interested party.
Transformational Housing Board
Mark Kiekhaefer is the pastor of Living Hope Church. He is married to Nina, a Family Physician with JCMG. They have lived in Jefferson City since 1998. In 2021 they relocated to South Jefferson City into a house built after a rehab project was destroyed by the 2019 tornado. They look forward to working for community development using their new house as a basis for connecting people and groups in Jefferson City.
John is a native of Jefferson City graduating from Jefferson City High School in 1968. He served seven years in the U.S. Navy, mostly on submarines before he and his family returned to Missouri where he began working at the Callaway Nuclear Plant during its startup. After retiring from Callaway in 2003, he has been mainly involved in volunteer work at First Christian Church and East Elementary School as well as coaching the JCHS tennis team and substitute teaching math.
Karen serves as Pastor of Mission and Discipleship at First United Methodist Church. Involvement in Homeless initiatives are not new to her. Organizations include Hillcrest Transitional Housing, Room at the Inn and Audrain County Shelter Resource Coalition. She also volunteers at Thorpe Gordon Elementary as a Reading Buddy.
Bunnie Trickey Cotten has been selling “housing” for RE/MAX Jefferson City since September 1996, and loves assisting people with their Real Estate Needs, especially first-time home buyers. She has been fortunate to sit on Planning & Zoning for the City of Jefferson since July 2010, and recently chaired the Code Revision Committee. She is a 1979 graduate of Jefferson City High School, and currently a member of Capital City Christian Church.